a real swanky kinda christmas.

Christmas Dinner was a banger. With all Christmas episodes of The Office fully blaring while sweets were baked, and the main meal was sorted, it's been a perfectly peaceful holiday season lacking passive aggressiveness and filled with solid snacks and stoked bunnies.

Three kinds of baking this year - not bad! Maple pecan bars, shortbread, and saskatoon nutmeg cake w/ buttercream frosting.

I posted each recipe / links to recipes I adapted here - my online food blog that I apparently love to abandon. With a few days off work 'til the new year, I'm hoping to revamp it some, and get y'all the recipes I'm forever using from the dusty corners of my noggin.

Last but not least, some crucial mail from my fav Americans. Ashley and Ryan sent along the greatest card,Lenny & Larry's Complete Cookies, just. brand dressings, and gomaxgo chocolate bars! Damn, snacks are the true meaning of Christmas. Super stoked all my pals got their Christmas greetings in the post right on time this year (Canada Post pulled some serious solids this year, really.) and am really looking forward to mailing some goods back to New York the moment this cold snap flies the coop.

new shops, new pieces, good times.

Damn. I don't understand why my brain thinks paying a small yearly fee for a blog is as good as updating one. Such is life. I am really trying to buckle down and "write" a bit more. Lettermail has always been a priority to me, and I used to blog like a motherfucker, what happened? Well, I guess way too much happened, way too often, way too intensely.

I'm pretty stoked to report a lot of new vegancentric pieces up in the shop. I've now done 4 vegan markets in the last few years, and am just pleased as punch every single time. I'm surrounded by rad people, the best snacks, talented makers are extremely cost-friendly tables. This is a recipe for a good time in my books. I've done a LOT of markets in my day, and there's times when I feel very sad, very frustrated, and very floored to see the way some events can be organized. I feel a tinge of minty green hostility in my bones when I overhear organizers speaking poorly of fellow makers, helicopter parenting grown adults, and taking me back to absolutely horrific high school days. Making a quick and friendly exit from these "communities" felt like a massive weight removed from my shoulders. Now, I can better focus on making, connecting, snickering appropriately at pizza fabric, and maybe even making a few bucks.

I've restocked at Tara Davis' boutique, with oh-so many mints and golds and bloody mean quips, just in time for the holidays. I am E X T R E M E L Y excited to announce Real Swanky hitting Osborne Village. Now featured at Out of the Blue, holy shit! Wendy's been a peach to communicate with and her staff are beyond sweet. Amazing photography of my embroidery by Rosalie Simone featured on OOTB's Insta made my knees knock.

My next market will be at The Forks! Half Moon is hosting this one, and I'm over said moon, to boot. Grab the event info here. RSVP. Tell all your pals. Tell your dog. Come read some beautifully stitched cuss words out loud - because you're a grown up, and you probably pay your taxes. 

Online fabric catalog - now live!

Hey pals - click here to view my online fabric swatches. Each colour family has it's own batch of numbers to make choosing your next custom order easy as pie.

While stitching has been plentiful, so's my day job!  As we enter our busy season, I find myself testing how painfully accurate my crunchy little hands can really type (...which is 90wpm, but who's counting?)

Come say hey on Instagram and pay the Etsy shop some love, will ya?

PS: Enjoy 15% off all Etsy orders until July 30th by using coupon code SWATCH15. Not bad!

stitch classy, talk nasty.

It's maybe not so great rebranding at 9:30pm but, dang, does it look alright.

I've cleaned up everything, down to the font, and with great heartache, forced my crumpled+ scanned kraft paper, into a well-deserved retirement.

Not to worry, real swanky will forever stitch you what you need for when you need it, there's just more mint green. And you can never have too much of that.

As a thank-you for your rad support over the years, I'm offering up code NEW10 at checkout, for 10% off all orders $30+ 'til Wednesday!

thanks thanks thanks.

blog feature: kami goertz // marathon1981

nasty little side-eyes, grabby hands, and SO much upcycled vintage floral upholstery fabric - all this combined surely makes my knees knock. I'm both fascinated, charmingly clammy, and completely in love with Kami Goertz's creatures.

Kami of marathon1981 has been crafting up a storm since before I got an epi-pen. A sea of rad creatures greet you at every pop up, craft show, and open studio night Kami may be found at, where she creates a clever little world awe and amusement. I've been lucky enough to work on my hand sewing in Kami's studio while she painstakingly prods a needle the size of my pinky-finger through vintage materials (all lovingly scored at one thrift shop/clothing swap/deadstock bolt or another) to add horns, sleepy eyes or other accent pieces to her one-of-a-kind makes.

Without a doubt, this lady consistently floors me with her creations, and her ability to effortlessly think-sketch-snip-sew is nothing short of admirable. Take a gander at her website, below, will you?

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blog feature: heidi // heidi and seek boutique

Many moons ago, I started up my Etsy shop to create handmade clothing from vintage/salvaged materials. While I learned over some while that hand embroidery was wahaaay more for me, I'll at times miss spending hours on a custom "something for someone from somewhere". Luckily I still get to do this with needlepoint. 

In the wonderful world of clothing + fashion, I get to admire and live vicariously through my close pal, Heidi Friesen, of Heidi and Seek Boutique.I know Heidi through the handmade community and am super pleased to call her a solid friend and penpal.

A rad little lady with that Mennonite streak of DIY, Heidi spends hours in her (enviable) sewing room, creating pieces from scratch that will wear well for eons.

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Get stoked on Friday, a broken cold-snap, and those Subway coupons we all got in the mail last week. You got one. You won't use it. But really, it's a great deal.. ugh.

The new year has been peppered with thrift scores, new pals at the fabric shop and fun custom orders. An order of a couple hundred hoops arrived from a hop, skip + a jump away -- already am I putting these to good use and getting them going to good homes all over the globe.

My latest pick-up was for this strange + purdy outers space cotton with little flaws and misshapen snips here and there.

As I take a timely stitchin' break to write a little something and watch Frank + Henry tear up the joint with great excitement, I look forward to Winnipeg's warmer weather (read: -1C zone) and wearing zero fucking socks for MANY days in a row.

the importance of mailday.

Many of you are aware of the fact that I treat Canada Post like a second home. For those of you that aren't.. let's be penpals. 

Above, are the kinds of things I receive from some really cool people. I mean, the hand-drawn chubby bunny is a OOAK by Kami's little lady, but it was hand-delivered.

My first fond memory of mailing a little something far out, was in gradeschool when my shoddy elementary school had a penpal program. We wrote another school in Alberta back and fourth for some time, and eventually, the school came to Winnipeg to visit all our penpals. If only you could imagine a series of teacup humans full of piss n' vinegar over this one. My penpal was solid, and is now a local actress in her end of the woods. Unreal.

I typically write a letter weekly, but have been known to go on wicked spurts of 20-30 in a week to mass-holler at my favourite folks. 

When my husband lived in America, we mailed letters + parcels back and fourth from the first week of even knowing one another. He now rests peacefully with a letter from myself, with love. 

My farthest friends are in the UK + AUS, while my closest is within biking distance. We connect online, surely, and while this is terribly convenient, you just can't text someone a squeeze tube of Vegemite, or a pin promoting your small business that's been a loving work in progress for years. 

Over the last couple years, I've been mailing letters of commendation to businesses when their staff are kind and easy to work with. Businesses seem to receive shit news about unfavourable products or staff, so it's something alright, receiving a call, email or letter back thanking me for the shout out. It's so strange to me, how people are over the moon when they get a letter instead of an invoice in the mail. To me, I rarely get invoices, but more letters than anything. (I guess we shit ourselves equally). 

This wee bit of mindfulness can take a few minutes, or if you really put your all into it, an hour or something like that. People get stoked.

With stamp costs on a heartbreakingly steady rise, I keep my chin up - it's still such a dang affordable way to say hey.

When was the last time you sent or received a letter?

blog feature: tara davis // tara davis studio boutique

For some bit now, I've been lucky enough to have my embroidery carried at tara davis studio boutique in Winnipeg's historic Exchange District.

Tara's rad little sizable boutique carries over ONE HUNDRED Canadian makers with top notch work and the lovely personalities to go with it. Next to Hoopers, under Nettie + Min/The Vintage Saint, and right close by to Tiny Feast, Tara's boutique's part of a quaint little strip you can't miss when you're in this end of the woods.

SO many of my closest friends have been a part of Tara's shop for years and are happy as a clam. As I've been a helping hand during a number of First Friday's, I see both new and fresh faces stopping in leaving with a little something rad, and heaps of inspiration. Folks have actually come in to meet me and request custom items, how unreal is that!? As a result of being apart of Tara's boutique, I feel as though I've reached a new level of success on many levels, and I just can't thank her enough for this. 

Thinking of getting a neat gift for someone real cool? Go the whole nine and get your score in a gift box with a bow, for a $1 donation to Art Beat Studio, a space that holds a special spot in Tara's ticker. 

Lastly, how pumped were we to learn we BOTH got a mention in VOGUE? The magazine? YEAH! Check that out over here, will you? 

I've met countless local creatives since spending time at Tara's, folks that I badly hope to have a crafternoon or two with, and event organizers that I just adore. Winnipeg's handmade scene is thriving, and I couldn't be a happier camper. 

Come say hey!
Located at: 246 McDermot Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0S5